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September 2, 2016

Goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have seen the Main Street Electrical Parade or MSEP for short numerous times. The brightly colored floats and the extremely catchy tune stays with one for a long, long time. Lisa and I photographed the parade back in 2010. She was hand holding her camera whie I was trying out slow sync flash on a tripod.

Magic Kingdom's Main Street Electrical Parade, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead off the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length, Flash, Tripod.

This current run of the MSEP at Walt Disney World comes to a close on October 9, 2016. I will miss it and am planning on seeing it one more time next week.

Magic Kingdom's Main Street Electrical Parade, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom

From upper left: Elliot from Pete's Dragon, Big Ben clock tower from Peter Pan, fast snails and the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

Will something be replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade in the future? I do hope Disney does as night parades down Main Street are extra special.

September 4, 2016

Where in the World #449

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Happy Labor Day to the US players!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #448:
Where in the World #448

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

The spacesuits in one of the Mission:SPACE prep areas where you watch Gary Sinese explain your mission to Mars.

Ben M, that’s an interesting idea. Once NASA gets to Mars, where can we go in an attraction? Maybe a moon of Jupiter – wait! Of course! Pluto!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Renee and to all our winners this week! Hillary Waldroop, Tina Santacroce, Ken Savage, Kristi Strembicki, Ken Maikowski, Andy Hickey, Bruce Jones, Herb Miller, Bonnie Jean, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Ranatza, Paula Massarelli, Chris Kelly, Ed Suscreba, Sharon Powell, Karen Schlumpf, Phil Vickers, The Parker Family, Emily Hudson , Nan Amor, Margaret Convery, Tom Wert, Chris, K Beasley, John Bickers, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Gloria Martin, Paul Dickson, Claire Gregory, Jennifer, Sandie Albrecht, Susie Howard, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jennifer Rowell, Sharon Pierce, Joseph M. Zafia, Kerri Coggins, Linda Scrivano, Al & Kerry Ganter, Team Hill, Andrew Carrieri, Linda College, Maryann Romagnano, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Ronnie Alvarado, Tricia Petty, Kenneth Jackson, Sands Family , The Gunnels Gang, Carla C, Chasady Mirkes, Janet Spiess, Christi Ison, Grumpy's Groupies, Sarah And Chris, Robert Wescovich, Jack Lynch, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Tina Gottron, Fiona Knight, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kye Layton, Mike Amor, Karen Ramirez , Leach Family, Lori Rienhardt, Deb Ragno, The Anzurs, Gregory, Kelly Sroka, Christine Brown, Kris Nixon, Maryann Eckenrode, Ed Adams, Ben M, Brad Nolan, The Long Family, Kyran Smith, Renee Fischer, Beth Mcmeekin, Jim Thompson, The Fosbender Family, Janet T Thorn, Eric Enli, Kenny, Hobbes And Snorky, Mike Mondoux, Brian Miller, Krista Serpi, Clare S, Arlene Vicek, Jim Finley, Ryan Mccorrisrin, Dennis O'reilly, Linda Lundsten, Eric Berger, Janet 'the Fam' Timpany, Vicki Britt, Smitty, Carol Baranowsky, Vickie Smialkowski, The Kertes Family, Loring Family, Maureen And Warren Handy, Dave Freemyer, Helene Hair, Joyce Shipman, Nancy Doty, Joe Ragona, Evald Olson, Josh Weiss, Mark Donahue, Ruben O'meara, Angela Sandoval, Paula Smith, Carolyn Como, Cynthia Hitchcock, Theresa Maradei, Ashley Collins, Wendy T Faler, Donna Frank, Torrey Beasley, Team Bonnie Sue, Vanessa Gordon, Larry Sprenkle, David Jewett, Hunter Armstrong, Luis Rodriguez, Martha & Justin Collins, Tammy Warmouth, Jeff Blank, Kristan Bertelmann, Renee Hardiman, Kyra, Wayne Chadourne, Dallas Hamilton, Margot Garofalo , Brian Gallant, Caroline Burmester, Chris Bauman, Paul Ignudo, Matt Wildey, Erin Hammer, Matt Holley, Stephanie Linares, Melesia Love, Beth Josuweit, Rebecca Keenan, Rob Blundin, Scott Sangston, Mark Franklin, Mark Hardy, Alex Gamill, Dave Carriere, Alison Rosenberger, Duskin Henard, Jeremy Reichelt, Jenn Steele, Jamie Steiner, Annie Snodgrass, George Mundy Jr, Mickey Eckert, Matthew Frey, The Patterson Family, Kelly Smith, Doug Olson Family, John Warner, John Pasqueralli, Cathy Fleming , Susan Higginbotham, Laurie Walker, Tim Johansen, Karen Taylor, Melody Odonnell, Patti Mccaffrey, Mike Cerce, Theresa Rucando, Will Gates, Les Whitten, The Harper Gang, Jeff Haggerty, Jackie Graebel , Ruth Cookson, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Sherri Pell, Thomas Higbee Sr, Barry Sklenar, Pat Marshall, Jamie Poynton, Shirley Garcowski, Jessica Polizzotto, Shannon Murray, Linda Hoffman, and Stacy Guarracino!

It’s monthly drawing time! And the August winner is: Melody Odonnell! Congratulations, Melody! You’ll be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #449 Where in the world is this?

Pretty easy this week, don’t you think? We might even be in the same park…

Where in the World #449

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 8th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

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September 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Rocking Chairs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After a few hours of walking around any Walt Disney World park, a rocking chair to sit down and relax in is a very welcome sight. I found a member of my party really relaxing over on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom back in 2009.

A guest takes a nap in a rocking chair on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A guest takes a nap in a rocking chair on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/20, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 44mm Focal Length.

I am not sure the rocking chairs are still there. Can someone confirm this for me?

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her favorite rocking chair location.

September 7, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Rocking Chairs

Deb's Digest Blog

A variety of locations came to mind as I thought about this week's focus, Rocking Chairs. There are those great chairs in Frontierland and Liberty Square that you can sit on and people watch. I think there were some at Aunt Polly's over at Tom Sawyer Island.

I'm sure other locations come to mind when you think of rocking chairs.

Here's one you probably didn't think about... I vividly remember the time I met Betsy Ross at the American Adventure. Her story was told as part of the 4th of July festivities back in 2010. Here are 2 photos featuring Betsy Ross and her rocking chair in the American Adventure Rotunda.

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I'm not sure if she appeared after that time, but I know I never saw her again.

September 9, 2016

Hyperpaced in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Star Wars clip seen in the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Star Wars clip seen in the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Scott has hyperspace jumped to Walt Disney World this week. He will be back next week to tell you all about it unless he gets lost in space on the way back.

September 11, 2016

Where in the World #450

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

It’s a solemn day today as we mark the 9/11 attacks in America. All of us and all those who have suffered attacks around the world, we will never forget the ones we lost.
Smiley from Millan.Net

To bring a silver lining to this cloud, it’s also Grandparents Day and it’s a perfect day to give someone a loving hug.

The Gunnels Gang is headed for the World and Ruth Woodhouse is there now! Bon Voyage and Safe Trip Home!

Lynne Simpson, congratulations to your daughter for finishing the College Program! I love the story of kids wanting to wear the suits in Mission:SPACE!

Thanks, Chris Kelly! We are hitting the 450th challenge for Where in the World Photo Fun. I started with #165. Wow…

Now for Challenge #449:
Where in the World #449

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

Illuminations! It’s sixteen years old and we still have to see it once every trip!

Vera and Izzy Williams, I loved the previous version too with its salute to the World Showcase countries. It’d be interesting to see a new show that incorporated this with the globe.

I miss Mary from the Comedy Warehouse’s being the voice narrator too.

Ruth Woodhouse was at the Boardwalk and she could watch this from her balcony! I’m not jealous of that at all. Nope, not me. Uh uh. Smiley from Millan.Net

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kris and to all our winners this week! Linda Scrivano, Phil Vickers, Matt Wildey, Michael O'brien, Linda Ranatza, Michaela O'brien, Ed Elder, Karen O'brien, Mary Beth Tarbet, Margaret Convery, Wayne Chadourne, The Kertes Family, Leach Family, Eric Berger, The Gunnels Gang, Kenneth Jackson, Sharon Powell, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Sands Family, Phyllis, Theresa Rucando, Sandie Albrecht, Ed Suscreba, Rob Blundin, Susie Howard, Tammy Warmouth, Robert Wescovich, Jennifer Rowell, Jason Steinmetz, Carol Baranowsky, The Parker Family, Kerri Coggins, Kye Layton, Grumpy's Groupies, Mike Haeberle, Ken Savage, Maryann Eckenrode, Ronnie Alvarado, Hillary Waldroop, John Bickers, Smitty, Deb Ragno, Bonnie Jean, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Cynthia Hitchcock, Robert Hildebrandt, Anne Duque, The Anzurs, Paul Dickson, Jennifer Mascitti On Twitter As @jennlovesdisney, Vera And Izzy Williams, Pollyanna Buff, Ellen Sullivan, Ken Maikowski, Rex Biederman, Ryan Mccorristin, Sarah And Chris, Nan Amor, Christine Brown, Joan Sperger, K Beasley, Mark Donahue, Jim Thompson, Janet H., Margie-ann Feczko, Janet T Thorn, Kristi Strembicki, Maureen And Warren Handy, Double Family, Joyce Shipman, Brian Mcwithey, Mickey Eckert, Kevin Jones, Karen Ramirez, Jim Finley, Alex Gamill, Sharon Russo, Andy Hickey, Stefan Owens, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Long Family, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, Duskin Henard, Arlene Vicek, Linda Lundsten, Jennifer Pichert, Carolyn Como, Linda Wilham, Evald Olson, Krista Serpi, Dave Freemyer, Jewett Family, Mary Ann Lamay, Kyran Smith, Martha & Justin Collins, Carla C, Loring Family, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Adamakis, Ruth Woodhouse, Kyra, Tina Gottron, Eric Enli, Ruben O'meara, Linda College, Antoinette Leblanc, Vicki Britt, Herb Miller, Angermaier Family, Tom Koval, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Andrew Carrieri, Beth Paczkowski, Donna Frank, Paula Smith, Mike Mondoux, Jennifer Hess, Chris Horne, Luis Rodriguez, Joseph M. Zafia, Theresa Maradei, Claire Gregory, Jeff Blank, Josh Weiss, Steve Knapp, Nancy Doty, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ben M, Renee Hardiman, Bob Patterson, Julie Scott, Lori Rienhardt, Joann Albrecht, Les Stewart, Chuck Everson, Emily Eldridge, John Paul Carnell, Josette Gabel, Heidi Burke, Brian Gallant, Team Bonnie Sue, Ed Adams, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Gloria Martin, Sophie Ravacley, Wendy T Faler, Erin Hammer, Matthew Grace, Mike Amor, Kerry A., Julie And Carol Wickware, Ashley Collins, Team Hill, Larry Sprenkle, Maryann Romagnano, Melissa Rymer, Mis Jamie Marie, Lynne Simpson, George Mundy Jr, The Holmes Family, Maureen Tavrell, Paul Ignudo, Hunter Armstrong, Chris Bauman, Alison Rosenberger, Joyce Tofflemire, Matt Holley, Caroline Burmester, Karrie Rodriguez, Matthew Frey, Tim Johansen, Scott Sangston, Will Gates, Dave Carriere, Lee Anastasi, Rebecca Keenan, Jeremy Reichelt, Matt Earl, Jay Tillis, Melesia Love, Les Whitten, Mark Hardy, John Warner, Diane Curfman, Jackie Graebel, Sheila Bagg, Robert P. Flaherty, Linda Hoffman, Sharon Leitgeb, Jo Ann Bailey, Barclay Bakkum, Maryann Daly, Ruth Senecal, Shirley Garcowski, Jamie Steiner, Jackie Klafeta, Tom Higbee, Jared Orth, Elaine Prosecky, Susan Higginbotham, Kristan Bertelmann, Michelle Palazzo, Jodie S., Jodi Cook, Margie Larmon, Carri Marotto, Diane F., Stacy Guarracino, Chris Kelly, and Jessica Polizzotto!
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Challenge #450 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks! This was a tough thumbnail to make: one way would be impossible to guess; the other way handed out the answer. Hopefully I found a balance.

Where in the World #450

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 15th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

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September 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When you walk around either Africa or Asia in Disney's Animal Kingdom, you will see pedal bikes all over the place. Some are very ornate and colorful while others are plain and utilitarian like the one I found leaning against a building in the African village of Harambe.

A bike leaning against a building in Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A bike leaning against a building in Harambe.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 1000, EV 0, 98mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share another bike photo at Walt Disney World.

September 14, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes

Deb's Digest Blog

I have several photos of bicycles found at Walt Disney World. This is one of my more recent finds. I have no idea if it has been there a short or long time, but it was semi-new to me.

Do you know where this photo was taken?

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September 16, 2016

Anatomy of a Magic Kingdom Sunset

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my trip last week, I was on my own Friday at the Magic Kingdom. Using an app on my phone, I had determined a location to photograph the sunset. It was from the bridge on the Wishing Well side of Cinderella Castle. With the sunset at 7:38PM and Wishes starting at 9PM, I set up my camera on a tripod at 7PM. If you are wondering why I mentioned Wishes, people started to line up on the bridge soon after I got there to wait for the fireworks show.

As you can see by the picture below, the weather was not being cooperative when I took my first test image about 40 minutes before sunset. From my experience photographing many sunsets in upstate New York, I have learned never to judge a sunset until about 30 minutes afterward. Instead of packing up, I waited.

Cinderella Castle on a cloudy day at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle on a cloudy day before sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

Sunset came and went with no good color in the sky. That was until 10 minutes after sunset when the clouds which, had been slowly clearing, was lit up by the Sun over the horizon. Processing the image in Adobe Lightroom CC, I opened up the shadows in front of the castle and added vibrance to the overall scene. Disney added lighting on the castle which kept it from becoming a silhouette against the bright sky.

Cinderella Castle after sunset at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle ten minutes after sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/3s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

The color came and went quickly. 10 minutes later or 20 minutes after sunset, the sky color was gone. The darkened sky was a nice backdrop for the lighted castle using a long 6 second exposure.

Cinderella Castle during dusk at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle twenty minutes after sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm focal length, tripod.

Sunsets are different every time and one must be prepared to wait with patience and be ready to capture the fleeting colors when they occur. Even with Disney's wonderful lighting, at sunset, it compliments Nature's own light show.

September 18, 2016

Where in the World #451

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

My aunt, sister, and niece are in Walt Disney World this week! They’re staying at the Boardwalk. So if you see a few people that look like me, it might be my family. (I actually do look like my sister.)

Now for Challenge #450:
Where in the World #450

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

We’re at the entrance for the Grand Floridian with a peek of the monorail station above. And that is my husband with Richard, the Floridian’s famous 91-year-old greeter! My husband had read about him and we came there for this picture. Wonderful man.

This was last December, so you can see the poinsettias. You can also see by my husband’s clothing that he’s a shy man. :)

Andy Hickey was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Andy and to all our winners this week! Ed Suscreba, James Finley, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Bruce Jones, Ken Savage, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Team Hill, Ashley Collins, The Kertes Family, The Gunnels Gang, Phil Vickers, Sandie Albrecht, Margaret Convery, Paula Massarelli, Matt Wildey, Mary Beth Tarbet, Maryann Eckenrode, Julie Wickware, Sands Family, Gloria Martin, Michael O'brien , Leach Family, Susan Higginbotham, Claire Gregory, Eric Berger, Patty Carty, Linda Scrivano, Linda Ranatza, Hillary Waldroop, Suzanne Denham, Jamie Steiner , Karen Adamakis, Jennifer Rowell, Sarah And Chris, Stefan Owens, Kristan Bertelmann, Deb Ragno, Belicia, Scott C., Bruce Hinterleitner, The Tisdale Family, Phyllis, Michelle Palazzo, Bonnie Jean, Loring Family, Tricia Petty, Emily Pool, K Beasley, Andrew Carrieri, Ken, Lisa And Makayla Daube, Brenda Atkinson, Steve Porter, Melissa Fox, Dennis O'reilly, Robert Wescovich, Kristi Strembicki, Karen Ramirez, Andreas Beer, Grumpy's Groupies, John Stella, Christine Brown, Bill Szekula, Mark Donahue, Lee Anastasi, Robert Hildebrandt , Ruth Senecal, Jennifer Hess , Beth Paczkowski, Janet Timpany, Clare S, Rob Jacob, Colette Stanton, Darlene Haven, Jennifer Pichert, Matthew Baldwin , Eric Enli, Brenda Mclean, Luis Rodriguez, Donna Frank, Kyran Smith And Chiara, Mary Ann Lamay, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Wendy T Faler, Team Bonnie Sue, Ron Nufranick, The Parker Family, Smitty, Sharon Russo, Paul Dickson, Maureen And Warren Handy, Dave Freemyer , The Fosbender Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, Cathy Fleming, Liz Moreau , Chris Horne, Ed Adams, Steve Knapp, Wayne Chadourne, Judy Simonsen, Paula Smith, Linda Wilham, Lori Rienhardt, Theresa Maradei, Emily Eldridge, Nan Amor, Anne Duque, Kyra, Laurie Walker, Bethany Angermaier, Carla C, Janet T Thorn, Mike Mondoux, Mickey Eckert, Beth Mcmeekin, Mike Haeberle, Joann Albrecht, Melissa Littman, Duskin Henard, Carey Salsbury, Jeff Blank, Jeremy Hardy, Ben M, The Long Family, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Karen Korcheski , John Paul Carnell, Dallas Hamilton, Chasady Mirkes, The Holmes Family, Maureen Tavrell, Karen Costa, Kevin Jones, Paul Ignudo, Mark Hardy, Teri Michalski, Jeremy Reichelt, Shelly Borella, Dave Carriere, Kris Nixon, Matthew Frey, Zachary Ott, George Mundy Jr, Rob Blundin, Davida, Maja K., The Hutchinson Family, Rebecca Keenan, Nick Bryant , Alison Rosenberger, Russ Morgan, Jason Steinmetz, Karrie Rodriguez, Tim Johansn, Scott Sangston, Matthew Grace, Sara Alaimo, Les Whitten, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Christi Ison, Melodye Bostick, Dawn Fiege, Ruben O'meara, Melesia Love, Brian Gallant, Les Stewart, Herb Miller, Don Purney, Jim Thompson, Allison Caputa, Ken Maikowski, Karen Ford, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Linda Grau, Sheila Bagg, Jackie Graebel, Ruth Woodhouse, Sherry Trapp, Matt Holley, Shirley Garcowski, Buffalo Barnes, Sherri Pell, David Ballard, Matt Earl, Stacy Guarracino, Jackie Geraci, The Rider Family, John Warner, Theresa Rucando, Lisa Pinder, Vicki Britt, Diane Curfman, Jared Orth, Jamie Poynton, Jane Johnson, Tammy Kennedy, Toni, Christopher Thomas, and Leigh Mertz!
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Challenge #451 Where in the world is this?

We're moving on but we are still outside the parks. You might be saying, "Great, a sofa. What a clue." but look in the background and you'll find something only in place.

Where in the World #451

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 22nd, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

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September 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Ice Cream

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On a typical warm weather day at Walt Disney World, what is the one dessert or snack everyone loves to get? Ice cream you say? I think most of us would agree.

At Tutto Italia restaurant in Epcot's Italy pavilion, if you do not want one of their Italian desserts, you may order an ice cream one with a crunchie, candied stick like my daughter did here.

Ice cream dessert at Tutto Italia restaurant in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A guest with her Ice cream dessert at Tutto Italia restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 72mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her ice cream delight.

September 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Ice Cream

Deb's Digest Blog

Recently I had the opportunity to sample 4 of the YUMMY ice creams sold at L'Artisan des Glaces. This great ice cream and sorbet store is located in the French area of World Showcase, Epcot.

Starting at the top center is the Mixed Berries sorbet. Following clockwise is the Cinnamon with Caramelized Pecan, their newest flavor which is Candied Peanuts with Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge and finally coffee!

I must say these were wonderful to taste!

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What is your favorite flavor???

September 23, 2016

Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari Firsts

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my last Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom I photographed some firsts. That is pretty amazing considering I have gone on safari close to 100 times since the park opened back in 1998. The first "first" was seeing the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) facing the safari jeep and close to the road. In all my previous safaris, the Black Rhino was either not visible or at the back of his enclosure either lying down or facing away. This may be the only good photo I ever get of this magnificent and very endangered African animal.

Black rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Black rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

African Wild or Painted Dogs (Lycaon pictus) were introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari last December and this was my first opportunity to photograph them. Unlike the Black Rhino, they were very accommodating and I managed to get off a few shots before the jeep drove on. Below was the best of the set and captured a behavior called dominance between two individuals.

African Wild Dogs on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
African Wild Dogs on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO1000, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

I have a lot of photos of Ostriches (Struthio camelus) from previous safaris but none which showed this strutting behavior. This ostrich was doing this behind another ostrich. I am guessing this was a mating behavior.

Ostrich on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ostrich on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.3, ISO 2000, EV 0, 98mm Focal Length.

The drivers on the Kilimanjaro Safari always tell us before we depart at the end of the ride to come back as every safari is different. I am here to tell you, they tell the truth.

September 25, 2016

Where in the World #452

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

John Bickers, my husband says thanks and it’s great to meet someone else with great taste in clothes! ;)

Now for Challenge #451:
Where in the World #451

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

It’s the lobby of the Boardwalk! I figured since some of my family is there, I’d use it for the challenge. You can see Lucy the Elephant in the background; that little statue represents the real hotel in my home state. She even withstood Hurricane Sandy. I toured her a couple years ago; amazing! And Tom Higbee sees Lucy every day! Wonderful lady, the last of her kind!

You might just make out – or have seen it in the lobby for yourselves – the model roller coaster: the classic Atlantic City’s version of the Loop the Loop. Engineers were told to take Coney Island’s Flip Flap coaster and lessen the G-forces so riders wouldn’t get hurt as they did in New York.

Add the lobby’s Nanny chairs (they really are creepy) and we all learned something today! That or I really bored you. Let’s move on! :)

I didn’t know about the Hidden Mary Poppins inside Lucy, so thank you for telling me, Kristi Strembicki!

Margaret Convery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Margaret and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Emily Hudson, Laurie Walker, Ruben O'meara, Kris Nixon, Eric Berger, Ab Rupp, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such, The Kertes Family, Hillary Waldroop, Ed Suscreba, Lenz Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Linda Ranatza, Phyllis, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Maryann Romagnano, Paul Dickson, Claire Gregory, Joseph M. Zafia, John Bickers , Maryann Eckenrode, Grumpy's Groupies, Kye Layton, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Suzanne Denham, Karen O'brien, Nan Amor, Deb Ragno, K Beasley, Vera And Izzy Williams, Luis Rodriguez, Nancy Cole, Mike Haeberle, Dennis O'reilly, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Lee Anastasi, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Mark Donahue, Mary Ann Lamay, Dave Freemyer, Maureen And Warren Handy, Kristi Strembicki, Ruth Senecal, Gloria Martin, Tim Johansen, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Team Hill, Matthew Grace, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Ryan Mccorristin, Andreas Beer, Stacie Doughty , Diane, Team Bonne Sue, Susie Howard, Claribel T., Hobbes And Snorky, Chris Horne, Jim Finley, Deb Gallo, Ed Adams, Martha & Justin Collins, Krista Serpi, Steve Knapp, Jim Thompson, Janet T Thorn, Kyra, Margie-ann Feczko, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Donna Frank, Sands Family, Paul Newman, Karen Adamakis, Sharon Pierce, Arlene Vicek, Linda Hoffman, The Gunnels Gang, Mike Mondoux , Bonnie Jean, Loring Family, Mike Amor, Belicia, Scott C., Kristan Bertelmann, Eric Enli, Jeremy Hardy, Jeff Blank, Mary Coleman, Matt Wnorowski, Jamesd (dzneynut), Herb Miller, Theresa Rucando, Brandi L, Rob Blundin, The Parker Family, The Holmes Family, Kathy Love, Brian Richmond, Scott Sangston, Jared Orth, Melody Odonnell, The Harper Gang, Terry Watt, Dave Carriere, Vicki Britt, Shelly Borella, Jamie Poynton, George Mundy Jr, The Patterson Family, Carri Marotto, Jacki Mabey, Leigh Mertz, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Les Stewart, Paula Smith, Jodie S., Bethany Angermaier, Nick Bryant, Les Whitten, Barry Sklenar, Pat Schwier, Chris Kelly, Barclay Bakkum, Theresa Maradei, Jane Johnson, Sherry Trapp, Shirley Garcowski, Tom Higbee, Don Purney, Lisa Pinder, Christi Ison, John Foggo, Jessica Polizzotto , Jeremy Reichelt, Cheryl, and Stacy Guarracino!
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Challenge #452 Where in the world is this?

This is it for September, Players. Wow! We’re going into a park to see something somewhat new, so here’s a hint. Someone in this statue is showing off that he was right: he’s got biceps to spare.

Where in the World #452

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 29th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

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September 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: People Watching

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's topic is a tricky one. We all love to people watch at Walt Disney World. From the very young to the very old, people are just entertaining as they move about the parks and resorts. As a photographer, one has to take into account a person or persons privacy. Disney property is private and not subject to the laws of public domain and access. If I do see an interesting subject, I will politely ask if I may take their photo. If they agree, I take the photo(s) and then hand them a contact card. Most people will email me and I will send them a digital copy with a permission note so they can get it printed if they wish.

The only time I do not do that is when someone has been brought "on stage" with cast members. This happens a lot and I have had the pleasure of being volunteered for a few shows as have members of my family. It is quite fun. When participating on stage, I feel fine in photographing the event as the person or persons has agreed to be on stage. Such was the case on Main Street USA when the Philharmonic was putting on a concert and asked this young lady to join them.

Main Street Philharmonic playing in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Philharmonic having fun with a guest at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 145mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her people watching moment with you.

September 28, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: People Watching

Deb's Digest Blog

One of my favorite "People Watching" activities involves character interactions. This photo comes from a Star Wars Weekend in 2015. I wish I had video of Minnie and Mickey's reaction when this mini Darth Vader approached!

Just use your imagination :)

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September 30, 2016

Photographing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I had a plan in mind when I thought about photographing the new night show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is a fabulous show mixing projections on the Great Movie Ride and fireworks. The problem lies in the word "mix". The projections seldom are still long enough to mix them with long exposures needed for fireworks. I watched the show numerous times on youTube where I identified a few opportunities I may be successful.

During the first few seconds, the Star Wars logo is displayed towards the top of the replica of Mann's Chinese Theater and is stationary. In the photo on the left below, I opened and closed the shutter manually and captured the logo. On the right photo, you see the problem with projections if you leave the shutter open longer to get the multiple fireworks on one image. The Star Wars logo started to move and became blurry.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shutter Speed comparison of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Here is a set of photos I feel came out the way I envisioned them.

A scene showing Imperial Walkers on the ice planet of Hoth did not come out too bad. It looks good at this size. At full resolution, there is blurring.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Imperial Walker projection during the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 5.4s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 23mm Focal Length, Tripod.

The double Suns on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine did come out very well. The projections are static for a few seconds.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tatooine sunset during the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 8.9s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 23mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

Towards the end of the show, the projections display each movie poster from the Star Wars saga. This one of the first Star Wars movie (renamed A New Hope once the prequel movies were released) showing a very stylized Luke with his lightsaber and Princess Leia at his side with the image of Darth Vader above them. This ones was the best even with moving X-Wing fighters on each side.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Movie Poster during the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 7.3s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 20mm Focal Length, Tripod.

This was the one image I wanted to get. Just before the finale of fireworks are released, an image of hands holding a lightsaber is projected with a beam of light coming out of the top of the Great Movie Ride. My location was a little off center and the Moon was near the beam but I still like how it came out.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Great Lightsaber during the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 5.8s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 23mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

If I get another chance to photograph the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show, I will concentrate on the projections using higher ISOs and faster shutter speeds. The fireworks for the most part are off to the right of the Great Movie Ride. I had a wide angle lens and, with all the people around me, it was not very useful as people to my right kept getting in the frame. The cropped photos shared in the article are the result.

To read more on the technique I used to photograph the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show, click here: Photographing Fireworks - Part 1

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